Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava
Last updated: October 12, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Recent Changes to Country-Specific Information:
As of August 16, 2021, Slovakia has a new traffic light system (“automat”) that automatically updates restrictions based on local disease indicators. Information on restrictions by region can be found on the new automat website (in Slovak): https://automat.gov.sk/. The Ministry of Interior also tracks changes by region (in Slovak). For more information in English, please visit the Slovak Spectator. Mask requirements vary by region and automat status, but at a minimum are required in all indoor spaces.
Travelers entering Slovakia are divided into to two groups: ‘fully vaccinated’ and ‘unvaccinated’ and there is a new definition of ‘fully vaccinated.’ Under the new requirements all eligible travelers must register online in advance at korona.gov.sk/ehranica. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine, however, they must carry proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days if arriving before Oct. 15 and for 10 days as of Oct. 15 or apply for a COVID-19 test on the fifth day of quarantine, and if the test result is negative the self-quarantine can end. See Entry and Exit Requirements below for more details. More information on entry restrictions and exemptions can also be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (in Slovak), on the official COVID-19 Slovak government website (in English and Slovak), and on the website of the International Organization for Migration (in English).
General Country Specific COVID-19 Information:
Slovak authorities request that you do not go to the hospital if you believe that you might have COVID-19. Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682. A healthcare provider will explain treatment options after discussing your concerns.
If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Slovakia, please follow the regulations as outlined by the Public Health Authority here (in Slovak). Home isolation procedures in English are summarized on the webpage of the International Office for Migration and the Slovak Spectator.
Official government of Slovakia COVID-19 statistics can be found at www.korona.gov.sk
Contact information for public health authorities in each region of Slovakia can be found here.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Slovakia? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- Private testing is available at Agellab.sk, Synlab.sk , Alphamedical.sk, Lab.online, Rychlotest-covid.sk or Medirex.sk in various locations throughout the country. Rychlotest-covid.sk offers the cheapest PCR test in Bratislava for €36,90 with result coming in less than 26 hours after sample is taken, also with English certificate. Reportedly, Medirex.sk offers same-day PCR results in English. If not ordered by the Regional Public Health Authority or a medical provider, the fee for testing is paid by the traveler. The standard cost for PCR tests is €50-€80. Results are usually provided via text message with a link to a document that can be downloaded for printing. Fee-based testing will be available, and may be required, at selected borders including some airports in the region.
- Residents and visitors can no longer undergo free rapid antigen testing unless indicated by the local practitioner. A list of facilities providing commercial testing is available on the e-VUC website, many of which take walk-in patients. Clinic staff provide hand-written results certificates to patients immediately after their tests, or may provide results electronically after registration.
- One option for quick and affordable antigen and PCR testing with the option to receive results in English is https://momky.sk/ (site and registration works with Google translate into English).
- Persons who take a test from one of the Slovak government’s approved clinics may receive an SMS message with their test results. It can take up to three days to receive PCR results. If you receive a negative test result via SMS message, make sure to keep your cellphone on you at all times while outside your residence.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Slovakia, please follow the regulations as outlined by the Public Health Authority here (in Slovak). Home isolation procedures in English are summarized on the webpage of the International Office for Migration and the Slovak Spectator.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Has the government of Slovakia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. See the website of the International Organization for Migration for details in English about vaccine eligibility and availability in Slovakia. Eligible residents can request vaccination via this website (in Slovak only): https://vakcinacia.nczisk.sk/registracia.
- Are vaccines available in Slovakia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, if they are also Slovak residents. As of June 14, even residents, workers, and students with private health insurance can receive vaccines. See the website of the International Organization for Migration for details in English about vaccine eligibility and availability in Slovakia. Eligible residents can request vaccination via this website (in Slovak only): https://vakcinacia.nczisk.sk/registracia.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about the FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Slovakia? Yes, in most cases.
Travel for tourism or regular business from the United States to Slovakia is permitted, as long as the traveler has already legally entered the Schengen zone, including as a tourist through the airport in Vienna, Austria.
Complete information on entry restrictions and exemptions can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (in Slovak) and on the official COVID-19 Slovak government website (in English and Slovak).
The International Organization for Migration provides information in English about travel to Slovakia, quarantine and testing requirements, and exemption categories.
Definition of Fully vaccinated: At least 14 days have passed since the second dose of an mRNA vaccine; at least 21 days have passed since vaccination with a single-dose vector vaccine; or at least 14 days have passed since the first dose of either an mRNA or vector vaccine if person has also recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
As of July 19, fully vaccinated travelers do not need COVID test results and do not need to self-quarantine. Travelers over the age of 12 years 2 months old must register at korona.gov.sk/ehranica and present the registration at the border. One registration is valid for six months, but travelers must present it at each entry. Travelers entering the Slovak Republic and claiming an exemption from testing and/or self-quarantine due to vaccination or recovery status must show a medical certificate or appropriate documentation in Slovak, English or Czech upon entry. Vaccination cards from all countries are accepted as long as they are in Slovak, English, or Czech.
Unvaccinated: Anyone who does not meet the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ above must follow entry rules for unvaccinated persons. Travelers over the age of 12 years 2 months old must register at korona.gov.sk/ehranica and present the registration at the border. They must fill out a new registration for each entry. Unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days if arriving before Oct. 15 and for 10 days as of Oct. 15, or they may self-quarantine for at least 5 days, take a PCR test, and self-quarantine ends upon receipt of negative test results. In this case, the Slovak government will automatically register the traveler for a free PCR test and send an appointment confirmation via text message and/or email. For a list of exceptions to testing and quarantine for unvaccinated travelers, see the website of the Ministry of the Interior (in Slovak). Members of a traveler’s household do not need to quarantine or test if they are fully vaccinated or qualify for an exception.
All travelers may transit Slovakia without testing, registration, or quarantine, provided that they enter and exit within 8 hours and stop only at refueling stations and airports.
Children under 12 years and 2 months old do not need to register and only need to self-quarantine for as long as the members of their household need to self-quarantine. They do not need to take a COVID test either before or after entries. Children aged 12 years 2 months to 17 years who are unvaccinated follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers.
Exceptions for workers, ‘pendlers’, students, weddings/funerals, and medical treatment can be found at the website of the Ministry of the Interior (in Slovak).
You can also find more information in English at the Slovak Spectator’s COVID-19 Travel Guide.
Travel by Air
Flights to the Schengen zone through Vienna, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt permit transit as long as the traveler has documentation to prove that the final destination in the EU will allow their entry. If you plan to fly into Vienna International Airport, please follow guidance from the Austrian authority for transiting passengers. For information on ground transit to the airport in Vienna from Slovakia, please see the section below on travel and transit to neighboring countries.
All persons who arrive to Slovakia by airplane are required to fill out the registration form: Health Passenger Locator Form and to obey all epidemiological measures as ordered by the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic.
Vaccinated travelers aged aged 12 years 2 months and older who arrive to Slovakia by air only from most countries need to present negative results of a PCR test less than 72 hours old, in addition to their korona.gov.sk/ehranica registration and vaccination card in Slovak, Czech, or English. Vaccinated travelers arriving from the following countries do NOT need results of a negative test: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Georgia, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Canada, South Korea, Kosovo, Cuba, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macau, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Germany , Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, San Marino, Northern Macedonia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Mexico, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates,Vatican.
Note that if you fly into an airport in a neighboring country, you need to comply with all requirements for transiting passengers for the country where the airport is located.
If you are unvaccinated and need to drive a passenger to an airport in a neighboring country, you need to register at https://naletisko.mzv.sk/ and adhere to the terms of transit.
Is it possible to travel to or transit neighboring countries from Slovakia?: Yes, most countries require online registration and proof of vaccination.
For transit to the Vienna International Airport, passengers and drivers need to submit and comply with the conditions of the Pre-Travel-Clearance form. If you are unvaccinated and need to drive a passenger to an airport in a neighboring country and return to Slovakia, you need to register at https://naletisko.mzv.sk/ and adhere to the terms of transit.
The Austrian Embassy in Washington, the Federal Ministry of Austria, and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna provide information in English about entry requirements for travelers from the U.S., Slovakia, and other countries to Austria. Those who enter or return to Slovakia from Austria must comply with all Slovak entry requirements listed in the Entry and Exit Requirements section above, including registering at korona.gov.sk/ehranica.
The Czech Republic uses a system that changes each week to determine entry requirements for travelers arriving from other countries, including Slovakia. For more information, please see the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. Travelers must fill out this form: https://plf.uzis.cz/ and present it at entry.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, but only when arriving by air from certain countries. Please see Entry and Exit Requirements above.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
The airports in Vienna and Bratislava have been conducting checks on arriving passengers for registration at korona.gov.sk/ehranica and vaccination records. Unvaccinated travelers are required to remain in home isolation upon entry.
Are visa extensions for residents and/or tourists available? Yes, as detailed below.
Temporary and permanent residents, as well as anyone on paroled status in Slovakia, whose validity expires during the declared state of extraordinary circumstances and up to a month afterwards will have their legal status extended for two months after the official state of extraordinary circumstances is declared over.
Note that the state of extraordinary circumstances is not the same as the state of emergency that ended on May 14, 2021.
Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa will maintain their legal status until one month after the official state of extraordinary circumstances.
For current information in English, including operating hours of the Foreign Police, see the website of the International Organization for Migration.
Temporary and permanent residents who are outside of Slovakia and are unable to return during the state of extraordinary circumstances can submit an application for the renewal of their residency status at the closest Slovak Embassy abroad mzv.sk/washington. The Slovak embassy can provide details on application procedures.
Is a curfew in place?
No. There is no longer a national curfew.
As of August 16, 2021, Slovakia has a new traffic light system (“automat”) that automatically updates restrictions based on local disease indicators. Information on restrictions by region can be found on the new automat website (in Slovak): https://automat.gov.sk/. The Ministry of Interior also tracks changes by region (in Slovak). For more information in English, please visit the Slovak Spectator. Mask requirements vary by region and automat status, but at a minimum are required in most indoor spaces.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, in some cases. Please see Entry and Exit Requirements above.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
There are no direct flights to the United States from any Slovak airport. The Vienna and Prague airports remain open with indirect and some direct itineraries to the United States. However, airlines have reduced their schedules and flights are subject to constant change. Check with your airline before your scheduled departure. For more detailed information visit the websites of the Vienna and Prague airports.
If arriving in Slovakia via commercial flight, it is required to complete the Passenger Health Locator Form. Please also see the Entry and Exit Requirements section above.
The Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad airports now have limited commercial flights and charter flights to destinations in Europe.
Is public transportation operating? Yes.
Masks are required on all forms of public transportation. Taxi and ride sharing app services are available, and also require the use of FFP2/K95/N95 face masks.
For entry to the United States beginning January 26, 2021:
As of January 26, 2021, all travelers arriving to the U.S. by air, including U.S. citizens and LPRs, must provide negative results of a COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the U.S. For more information, please see these FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also encourage all travelers to the U.S. to re-test after 3-5 days in the U.S. and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. All arriving travelers must also follow all testing and quarantine requirements for the city/state of their final destination in the U.S.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at ConsulBratislava@state.gov, and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
Fines for Non-Compliance:
Violation of the quarantine, mask, and testing rules in Slovakia can result in fines of €1,650 ($1800). Slovak authorities recently announced increased monitoring along Slovak borders and state that they may soon impose fines of up to €5,000 for travel and quarantine rule violations. In cases of serious quarantine violations, foreigners may be deported from Slovakia and could face permanent bans on reentry.
Non-compliance with mask requirements can result in fines or prosecution.
The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is accepting limited appointment requests for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are exempt from Presidential Proclamations or qualify for National Interest Exceptions. Nonimmigrant visa applications are available at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk/. Please do not pay the fee unless you are sure you are exempt from the Presidential Proclamations, qualify for a National Interest Exception, or until the U.S. Embassy approves your appointment request.
- Slovak government COVID-19 information page
- U.S. Embassy in Bratislava COVID-19 information
- U.S. Embassy in Bratislava Security and Travel information
- International Office for Migration in Slovakia COVID-19 information page
- The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, DC
- Slovak Ministry of Interior COVID-19 information page
- Slovak COVID automat (restriction and curfew information, by region)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs COVID-19 travel and transit information
- European Commission COVID-19 travel regulations
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19 for travelers
- Department of State travel information for Slovakia
- WHO basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
- WHO coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control